Plenty of help when it came to the new playground area. Sand had to be moved around. The kidlins were more then happy to lend a hand. Taking pride in their play space.
An old piece of canvas becomes many things. Today it's a tent with plenty of holes for peek-a-boo.
These 2 buddies love swing time. A day doesn't go by that they don't spend sometime on the swings. H. Dean got some nice shots.
We celebrated Giggles 3rd birthday and Hayseeds 1st day of school Thursday. The cupcakes were yummy.
H. Dean put some flowers in the wheel barrow so he could move the flower box. Big playground project this Labor Day Weekend.
Well I asked Snickers to move the w/b to the building so it wouldn't get in Dean's way. Well, Giggles wanted to take over and Snickers said "No, Bard said it's my job." So Giggles did let go of the handle and followed him to the side of the shed.
Once Snickers got to the cement slab he had a rough time. Giggles was there to lend a hand. Team work. Snickers said thank you and Giggles gave him a smile and a "Your welcome."
Made him feel good know he still helped in some way.
After that they all admired the flowers in a new spot.
Some days it's hard to just walk to the playground. Have to fill our pockets full of acorns as we go. OOPs, I forgot to tell the parents to check pockets but then they should be use to it, lol.
OMG! It doesn't take much for the kidlins to want to help. Simply measuring a board is hands on math.
To keep some of the kidlins occupied H. Dean took the pry bar and stuck it in the ground, really good. He told them to get it out. Snickers was up for the challenge. He actually got it deeper, lol. Later they were sticking their arms in the hole. They tried to reach for China.
H. Dean was working on the second play box. He needed to use a pry bar. Well, of course some of the boys had to lift it. What a challenge. 25lbs is heavy for a 2/3 yr. old.
This little gal was tickled pink when she came in to help me make dinner. What she don't know is I had to make dinner but brought her in to go to the bathroom. But what she don't know won't hurt her.
For those kidlins who needed it took a nice nap outside. Well rested fresh air naps.
Having a picnic is a treat around here. We used some of the posts to make a table and ate outside. It was to beautiful of a day for inside. Naps were missed inside. Extra playtime for those who wanted it.
Wings and Curly picked the last of the carrots. They were amazed at how many and how big they were.
They were allowed to go wash them off out of the fenced playground, behind the house. After they washed them off everyone got carrots. I was surprised they ate dinner.
Setting the boundaries. This is a big deal to any kidlin that wants special privileges. Every privilege is within eye and ear shot. You follow our rules and you will be allowed to do things.
I have to say they do very well. It's a grown up thing and every kidlin wants that privilege. Building trust at a young age grows with them.
These are the 2 original creators of the rope on the beam.
With very little guidance they set this up. Each one taking turns and supporting each other for a safe play climb.
Curls can be a bit domineering so I advice her on her tone and words. No one likes to be bossed around while trying to do something. Someday she will make a good leader.
Love the team work that goes on around here.
I would like to add that you can find more of this activity on my facebook page: 40 Acres Childcare.
Curly has a horse at home. She knows how to ride. She does better then by the sounds of it. So she decided to give Snickers some riding lessons. They must have been doing this for 30 mins. or so.
There was a few moments of an argument going on about taking turns. But they both handled it well. Snickers went off to crying by the fence. Curly looked at me and I reassured her she was right. He needed to wait his turn. B/c she still wanted to play with him she went over to him and talked it out. So they worked it out and had and had more fun. I have a video on my page on how she gave lessons.
H. Dean laid out some extra beams for the kidlins to climb. As you can see they were all over them. It's such a great way to work those muscles, coordination, communication, taking turns, waiting and tons of giggles.
This was a game that the kidlins put together. Child lead play.
On our way to the playground Wiggles found a slug. He did confuse it with a snail. I explained to the kidlins the difference.
That didn't matter. They were fascinated with the creature.
Friday rained and we spent our time inside.
Observed the frogs in the window well and lounged around the blocks.
Had some watermelon rind to throw to the horses. But they noticed that there was still some pink on. So they finished it off and threw them when they finished them off.
Little sister got the best of big brother. Sugar Beet had something in her fingers and started to chase Hayseed, giggling the whole time.
The next day some of the kidlins wanted to know what the acorns looked like on the inside. So I showed them how to do it. Grabbed a rock and smashed them. So we have smashed acorns all over. Love seeing this stuff around the playground. It means the kidlins are interested in nature and the world around them.
Went for an acorn hunt. I allowed them to go outside of the fence to gather bowlfuls of acorns.
Once they had enough of them the play was endless from cooking to counting and feeding animals.